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Alyth’s singalong is creating harmony

The Alyth Drop-In Choir is looking for new volunteers not only to sing but also to help settle its members into their new home.

Set up 7 years ago by Cheryl Brodie the Drop-In Choir is made up of refugees from various countries, faiths and cultures.

The regular singalong helps build confidence, understanding and friendship, and also combats loneliness for those who drop in. It helps with their English skills too.

Choir director Vivienne Bellos MBE a long-time member of Alyth Synagogue says it’s a “privilege” to work with the members.

“They are so warm and loving. They started as a very disparate group, but music brings people together. Singing is so health-giving, and they go out from an hour’s rehearsal singing, smiling and happy. If music can bring some happiness to their lives, then I’m happy.”

The choir is part of the Alyth Refugee Drop-in, a volunteer-run charity run at the synagogue with the support of Rabbi Elliott Karstadt, that helps refugees to thrive in London under their banner of “one community helping another”.

The next meeting is on Sunday, February 25th and anyone interested should contact

Pictures Cheryl Brodie

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